In a video message, Odisha Drivers' Mahasangha president Prasanta Muduli said, “Our agitation is continuing. Yesterday, the Chief Secretary had given us a written assurance to resolve our grievances within three months. But we are not happy with such assurance. We will continue our agitation till our demands are fulfilled.”
Over 2 lakh drivers launched a “quit steering” strike across the State on Wednesday for an indefinite period demanding social security, including pension after 60 years, accident benefits, and formation of a welfare fund.
Buses were off the roads and good carriages and cabs remained stranded for last three days at many places in the State due to the ongoing strike by drivers.
Moreover, the supply chain of petrol, diesel, vegetables, gas and other essential commodities was badly hit across the State.
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Earlier in the day, police picked up and detained more than 50 agitating drivers from Jayantpur Chhak in Sambalput for allegedly blocking the Sambalpur-Bargarh road during their agitation.